2018-12-10

MONDAY, December 10 

The Name

What’s in a name?  Shakespeare’s Juliet argued that the name of Romeo (his house or family name) was not important.  A 2016 Success Magazine article argued that one’s name can actually determine success with business and relationship opportunities (depending upon how common or how pleasant one’s name appears).  We may or may not agree, but one truth remains constant:  from the time His name was uttered by the angel to the earthly caregivers of the Messiah, the name Jesus has consistently conveyed one significant truth:  God came to save mankind through His Son, Jesus Christ, the Messiah.  Read through the following names and titles that the Bible ascribes to Jesus.  Allow these truths to lead you to a deeper understanding and trust of the One who came to save. 

     In Revelation 1:8, He is the Almighty One, “…who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.”  Revelation 22:13 declares that He is the Alpha and Omega, “I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.”  I John 2:1 states that He is our Advocate, But if anybody does sin, we have an advocate with Jesus Christ, the Righteous One.”   Matthew 28:18 tells us that He is all Authority, Jesus said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.”  John 6:35 announces that He is the Bread of Life, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.”

     In Matthew 3:17, He is called the Beloved Son of God, “And behold, a voice from heaven said, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased.”  In I Thessalonians 1:10, He is the deliverer, And to wait for his Son from heaven, whom He raised from the dead, Jesus who delivers us from the wrath to come.”  In Hebrews 4:14, Jesus is called the Great High Priest, “Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession.”

     As we celebrate this Advent Season, remember that Jesus is the Immanuel “…She will give birth to a son and will call him Immanuel, which means ‘God with us’.”(Is. 7:14)  From Paul’s words in 2 Corinthians 9:15, Jesus is our indescribable gift, “Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift.”  And, in John 1:29, we join John the Baptist in recognizing Jesus as the Lamb of God – “The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!”

     His name is above every name.  This Advent Season, take time to dwell on the name of Jesus; take time to see Jesus as described in the Scriptures.  Our faith will grow; our lives as followers of Christs will strengthen.  In this way, we hold His name high like a banner until He returns.  Cherish that wonderful name.  Be astonished at the name of Jesus. 

Read: Philippians 2:5-11

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